January 1, 2018
The Curation and Analysis Planning Team for Extraterrestrial Materials (CAPTEM) serves two functions. 1) It is a community-based, interdisciplinary forum for discussion and analysis of matters concerning the collection and curation of extraterrestrial samples, including planning future sample return missions. In this role, CAPTEM also supports human exploration objectives and their implications for architecture planning and activity prioritization for future exploration of planetary surfaces. 2) It is a standing review panel, charged with evaluating proposals requesting allocation of all extraterrestrial samples contained in NASA collections. Such proposals are solicited by the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation Office. Committee findings are provided to the JSC Curator via the NASA Headquarters Discipline Scientist (DS) charged with oversight of JSC curation activities.
CAPTEM will form standing allocation subcommittees, each responsible for one or more of the NASA collections of extraterrestrial samples under CAPTEM purview. These committees shall each be chaired by a regular, voting member of CAPTEM, and may contain any number of members, including other CAPTEM members, or experts from outside CAPTEM. Allocation subcommittees review all requests for sample allocation, but may also do analysis on issues related to curation of their particular collection(s). The allocation subcommittee chairs report their review findings to the Astromaterials Curator and the Curator of the relevant collection; they report their analysis findings to the
Membership and terms:
One year prior to the expiration of the current chair’s term, CAPTEM shall consider the appointment of its next chair. Nominations may be made by the current chair or regular CAPTEM members, and the selection of the chair-elect shall require a majority vote. The chair-elect shall serve as a non-voting CAPTEM member, ex officio, until the start of his/her term as chair. If the chair-elect is a current member of CAPTEM, then they shall continue in that role until their term as chair commences.
CAPTEM regular members who are to serve as allocation subcommittee chairs shall be nominated by the CAPTEM chair, in consultation with the Astromaterials Curator and the allocation subcommittee in question. Concurrence of the NASA Headquarters DS is required for these appointments, regardless of whether the nominee is starting a new term on CAPTEM, or is a current member of CAPTEM being nominated to fill the role of allocation subcommittee chair.
CAPTEM regular members other than those who are to serve as allocation subcommittee chairs may be nominated by any voting member of CAPTEM, and selection shall require a majority vote.
Membership on an allocation subcommittee shall be determined by the subcommittee chair, in consultation with other members of the subcommittee and the CAPTEM Chair, with concurrence of the Headquarters DS. Membership on other subcommittees shall be determined by the subcommittee chairs, in consultation with the CAPTEM chair.
CAPTEM will meet semi-annually or as otherwise needed to carry out its functions. Meetings may be in person or electronic. Allocation subcommittees may meet independently of CAPTEM and may be convened at the request of the Headquarters DS.
The ongoing tasks of CAPTEM include the following:
In the performance of these ongoing tasks, CAPTEM may coordinate with the Director of the Planetary Science Division of SMD, the Headquarters DS, and the JSC Curator.
Appendices to CAPTEM Charter
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